Thursday, April 28, 2011

Grilled Three Cheese and Prosciutto Sandwich

April is Grilled Cheese Sandwich month. Yes, believe it or not they have a month named after the sandwich most people enjoyed growing up when their mothers felt lazy or didn't know of anything else to cook which was that quick. Some of us almost stayed alive on them after moving out of our parents house. I still make them myself once in awhile, but not very often as I am cutting down on my bread consumption to 2 or 3 pieces a week, if that. I figured I better throw my two bits into the hat on this one as it seems everyone else is as well.

This is one I have made a few times before, with one subtle difference: organic white cheddar instead of regular old orange cheddar. It's healthier, there's no coloring in it and it just happened to be in my fridge when I needed it. I used prosciutto to add flavor and texture. I have also used ripple chips for texture, an old trick I learned from a girl I used to go to college with in PEI way back when. I'm not kidding, it's a really good addition as it adds a crunch to the center of the sandwich. Try it, you just might like it.

Ingredients

- 2 slices of bread. I always use a healthier style of bread and this time it was Cape Seed from Cobs Bakery
- 6 slices (or enough to cover one inside face of the bread) white cheddar
- 1 large Tbsp of room temperature goat cheese
- a few slices of Parmesan, as much or as little as you want
- 2 thin slices of prosciutto
- 1/2 tsp butter
- fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Spread the goat cheese on one piece of bread


2. Place slices of cheddar over top of the goat cheese


3. With a potato peeler, peel off a few slices of Parmesan and place them over the cheddar
4. Sprinkle pepper over the cheese and place the prosciutto over that and put the sandwich together


5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Butter both of the outside portions of the bread. Place in the pan and cook until brown on both sides. Serve


Like I said, I don't eat grilled cheese sandwiches very often, so I like to make it worth my while when I do. This is a good sandwich to eat anytime and it's quick and easy to make. It's not the healthiest thing I've ever made but I'm alright with eating it every now and again. The healthy-er part of this is the goat cheese as it helps you digest things a little easier and is lower in fat and calories. Also, the white cheddar is a far better choice to eat than any kind of the orange stuff. Cape seeds are supposed to be healthy for you, but I really can't find anything on them, so let's just say they are better for you than eating French fries.

Little O's Menu

This last weekend, we went to the in-laws one province over. We took some organic apples with us and the mother-in-law, along with my wife, made a few small jars of chunky apple sauce for O. They added a little cinnamon with the apples and it all turned out great. O loves to eat this and it makes a nice snack for her. Both the apples and cinnamon are good for her, so her eating a jar every day or two is a good thing.






And a belated Happy Easter to all who it applies. Little O had her first Easter egg hunt and had a lot of fun while doing it. Somehow a decent sized chocolate bunny got into my sights and, well, let's just say a good chocolate bunny is one which can't talk, see or hear.





Thanks for comin' out pal.

Quote Of The Day:

"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
~ G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) English writer

This quote says it all. I couldn't find a good quote on grilled cheese sandwiches for the life of me.


Until next time, good eating everyone.

Mark